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Tommy Boyce & Bobby HartI Wonder What She's Doing Tonite ... LP
A&M, Late 60s. Very Good ... $14.99
Brilliant 60s pop from the team of Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart – best known for their key early songwriting work for The Monkees, but a heck of a great duo on their own! Boyce & Hart have a sparkly, sunshiney sound that's very much a part of The Monkees generation – a beautiful post-folk, post-surf blend of styles, and one that's served up with all the warmth and charm that made The Monkees so great – yet also with some cool twists and turns that make a record like this so great – the kind of chance-taking that A&M sometimes allowed its artists to take at the time! Backings are super-groovy – arranged by Artie Butler and Don McGinis – and titles include "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite", "Teardrop City", "I Wanna Be Free", "The Countess", "Population", and "Two For The Price Of One" – a great cover of a Larry Williams & Johnny Watson soul tune! LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label stereo pressing.)

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CCSTap Turns On The Water – The CCS Story (CCS/CCS II/Best Band In The Land/Singles) ... CD
RAK/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99
Brilliant work from CCS – a jazz-rock big band led by UK blues rocker Alexis Korner, arranged by Brit easy maestro John Cameron, and produced to full strength by the legendary Mickie Most! The group had a sound that was really great – with lots of fuzzy guitars up front in the mix, supported by a larger, fuller blend of horns, funky bass, and drums. The sound was a more rock-based take on styles that had been showing up on late 60s soundtracks and 70s sound library albums – but which is served up here with a more straightforward punch that makes for plenty of guitar-based funky moments. A few tracks get a bit bluesier – in keeping with Korner's heritage – but the whole set grooves pretty darn nicely – and this 2CD package features the entire RAK albums by the group – three album's worth of material, plus tracks from singles too! Titles include "Boom Boom", "Walking", "Dos Cantos", "Sunrise", "Living In The Past", "Black Dog", "Tap Turns On The Water", "Sixteen Tons", "If I Never Sing Another Song", "City", "This Is My Love", "Whole Lotta Rock & Roll", "Our Man In London", "Memphis", "Hurricane Coming", "Hang It On Me", and "Lola". CD

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Jackie De ShannonMe About You ... LP
Imperial, 1968. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Sophisticated Jackie at her best – working with great arrangements from Jack Nitzsche and Nick DeCaro – both cats from the California scene we can really trust for "cut-above" pop work like this – music that goes way past the simple sounds of DeShannon's start – into cool adult territory that really makes the album great. Jackie's vocals are surprisingly soulful in the setting – even more so than before – and the tunes include lots of gems, including versions of Van Dyke Parks' "High Coin", John Sebastian's "Didn't Want To Have To Do It", and Tim Hardin's "Baby Close Its Eyes". Also includes "I Keep Wanting You", "Me About You", and "Nicole". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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Flesh EatersMinute To Pray, A Second to Die ... CD
Slash/Superior Viaduct, 1981. New Copy ... $9.99
Wicked early 80s punk from The Flesh Eaters – with some fun nods to trash culture and B-movies the cover art, song titles and lyrical imagery – but it's also some of most slyly ambitious sounds from the west coast punk scene of the time! It's clear from the first track they're going for something more instrumentally adventurous than others at the time, with sax and off kilter hand percussion all over it – but Chris D's vision and caterwauling presense as front man keeps it nice and raucous. X's John Doe and DJ Bonebrake Flesh Eaters at the time, along with sax player Steve Berlin, later to play with Los Lobos – and even roots rock hero Dave Alvin – that's hell of a punk band, right?! Titles include "Digging My Grave", "Satan's Stomp", "So Long", "Cryan De Berger's Back", "Divine Horseman", "See You In The Boneyard" and more. CD

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John HallAction ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
A great early solo effort from John Hall – an artist with roots in the New York folk scene, and later fame as a member of Orleans – but very much his own person on this early 70s set! The group on the record features some harmonica from John Sebastian – and in a way, the album's a bit like some of his own records after leaving Lovin Spoonful – material that's maybe more personal and down to earth, but put together with a very strong sound overall. Harvey Brooks produced, with a nicely no-nonsense approach – and instrumentation shifts between acoustic and electric currents, to fit the mood of Hall's well-written songs. Titles include "Park Lane Blues", "Scuffle", "Nu Toone", "Look In My Eyes", "Milwaukee", and "Going To The Valley". CD

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Ken LauberKen Lauber ... CD
Decca/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $14.99
Ken Lauber's the kind of hip, overlooked songwriter who emerged in the generation after folks like Tim Hardin, John Hartford, and Jimmy Webb – able to effortlessly write songs that often tell a little tale of life in the darker stretches of society – but with this slightly redemptive vibe that makes them a lot more powerful than some of the hobo or redneck rock of the time! Like Hardin and Hartford especially, Lauber's got this way of making you think he's actually been through the trenches, yet can still find the special sorts of joy that keep life moving forward – set to well-penned arrangements here that bring in just the right currents of country without ever sounding too cliched. Much hipper than the usual country rock album of the time – with titles that include "The South Was My Home", "Children Of Morning", "Fire Burned Brightly", "My Hands Are Tied", "I've Been A Fool", and "You're Not The Only One Unloved". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ MargotsPescado ... LP
Okka Disk, 2013. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A really unique blend of jazz and vocals – and a great start for this really unique group! The Margots is a collaboration between vocalist Adrienne Pierluissi and jazz musicians Ken Vandermark – who co-wrote the music on the set, and handles all the arrangements too! Pierluissi hails from Milwaukee, but has this amazing style that reminds us of some of our favorite Brazilian or European singers in recent years – an approach that's as artful as it is swinging, and graced with this sense of phrasing that really makes her lyrics stand out – quite a statement, given that the group also features reeds from Ken Vandermark, guitars from John Dereszynski, and drums from Tim Daisy! There's definitely an echo of the best recent Brazilian modes on some of the best tracks – and the record also features some cool string backing on a few numbers too. Titles include "Mr Altruistic", "Grey", "No La Sabia", "Husbands", "Echoes Of Memory", "Anda", and "Pescado". (Jazz, Rock) LP, Vinyl record album

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John MayallBack To The Roots ... LP
Polydor, 1971. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
John Mayall's definitely getting back to his roots here – and he's also getting help from an all-star cast as well! Mayall's vocals and piano are in fine form – almost with a rough-edged Blues Breakers sort of vibe, but sometimes a bit funkier too – in ways that strongly show the evolution of the older Brit blues groove into some hipper, more soul-drenched territory. Players on the record are a range of familiar names – including Eric Clapton on guitar, Johnny Amond on sax and flute, Harvey Mandel on guitar, Sugarcane Harris on violin, and Keef Hartley on some especially nice drums. Titles include "Prisons On The Road", "Groupie Girl", "My Children", "Home Again", "Blue Fox", "Boogie Albert", "Unanswered Questions", "Goodbye December", "Force Of Nature", and "Dream With Me". CD also features bonus tracks too – including "Accidental Suicide (1988 rmx)", "Force Of Nature (1988 rmx)", "Boogie Albert (1988 rmx)", "Television Eye (1988 rmx)", "Looking At Tomorrow (1988 rmx)", "Mr Censor Man (1988 rmx)", and "Home Again (1988 rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet. Cover has splitting on the seams.)

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John RenbournAttic Tapes ... CD
Riverboat, Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Never-heard recordings from Brit folk legend John Renbourn – tapes that lay in an attic for many decades before discovery, but music that easily ranks with some of Renbourn's best albums for the Transatlantic label in the 60s! The music here isn't rough or unformed, and instead shows John to be an already-amazing guitarist, and a hell of a singer, too – at least on those tracks that feature his vocals, which is a smaller portion of the total. Renbourn's touch on the guitar is already quite unique – filled with that new sense of chromatic elements and complicated phrasing that made his work, and that of contemporary Bert Jansch, arguably more progressive than most of the American acoustic guitarists of the time. Two numbers feature vocals by a young Beverly Martyn, and a few titles are live. Titles include "Candyman", "Anji", "Blues Run The Game", "The Wildest Pig In Captivity", "Train Tune", "Beth's Blues", "Can't Keep From Crying", "Courting Blues", "Cocaine", "National Seven", and "Buffalo". (Folk/Country, Rock) CD

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John StewartCalifornia Bloodlines ... LP
Capitol, 1969. Very Good+ ... $8.99
A late 60s studio folk gem from John Stewart – best known as a writer, having penned material for the Kingston Trio and "Daydream Believer" for the Monkees – stepping forward really well with this unfussy, but fairly impeccable set for Capitol! It was recorded in Nashville with some of the musicians who sat behind Dylan on Nashville Skyline – the Kenneth Buttrey drums and the Lloyd Green steel are always welcome to these ears – and John's voice and songs share a folksy, but down-to-earth sensibility that's exudes warmth from every pore. Hardly as well remembered as many of the folk-country-rock albums of the era, but it should be! Titles include "California Bloodlines", "Razorback Woman", "She Believes In Me", "Omaha Rainbow", "The Pirates Of Stone County Road", "Mother County", "Some Lonesome Picker", "Missouri Birds", "July You're A Woman", "Never Goin Back Down" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole & some marker.)

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Sunday FunniesSunday Funnies (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Rare Earth/Big Pink (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold ... $29.99
An excellent batch of funky rock from The Sunday Funnies – a group we only know from this album, but who have the distinction of being produced by the great Andrew Oldham! The set's got a feel that's in keeping with the sound of Motown's Rare Earth label – well-crafted and jamming work, done in a style that's a bit more soulful than the average hard rock record of the time – nice currents of funk in the rhythms, and a fuzzy groove that has that label's legacy of easily stepping over different modes, but in a very cohesive way. The songwriting's especially nice – and the group have a really full-on Detroit sound in their guitars – and the album's dedicated to an unusual batch of heroes who include Arthur C Clarke, Kahil Gibran, Herman Hesse, Pieter Bruegel, and Johnny Carson. Titles include "The Axe", "Child Of Mine", "Let The Son Shine In", "Tell Me", "You & I", and "Walk Down The Path Of Freedom". CD

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✨✧ WilcoSchmilko ... CD
Anti, 2016. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 13.98
The best in years from the enduring, still evolving avant rock treasure Wilco! Over the years, and especially in later ones, Jeff Tweedy and company have become much more adept at blending their poetic, acoustic country rock tendencies with art rock textures – as opposed to trading both in fits and starts. We loved their early post-Uncle Tupelo country rock efforts, loved their at the time stunning efforts to leave "alt country" behind on Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and after all these years, with strong core line-up of Tweedy, John Stirratt, Glenn Kotche, Mikael Jorgensen, Nels Cline and Pat Sansone holding together, they're really hitting later career peak in the post-millennium teens! Includes "Normal American Kids", "If I Ever Was A Child", "Cry All Day", "Common Sense", "Nope", "Someone To Lose", "Happiness", "Quarters", "Locator", "Shrug And Destroy", "We Aren't The World (Safety Girl)" and "Just Say Goodbye". CD

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VariousBobby Gillespie Presents Sunday Mornin Comin Down ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99
A totally amazing mix of music – one that's bound to blow you away, even if you think you know what it's all about! Bobby Gillespie is best known as the driving force behind Primal Scream, but he's also got a hell of an ear for sounds from the late 60s and early 70s – particularly spacey, trippy tracks that still sound revolutionary all these many years later! But what's really revolutionary is the way that Bobby stacks them together – in a sonic progression that seems to make the individual songs resonate even more in the company of each other – like that rare moment when a special DJ gets things totally right, and has you stunned at each new track as the whole thing rolls along. The huge track list is complemented by some great notes, too – track by track essays that explain the nature of each tune, and its place in the set. Titles include "Midnight Cowboy" by John Barry, "As We Go Along" by The Monkees, "Willin" by Little Feat, "Phantasmagoria In Two" by Tim Buckley, "War In Peace" by Alexander Skip Spence, "May The Circle Remain Unbroken" by 13th Floor Elevators, "Ice People" by Link Wray, "Breathe On Me" by Ronnie Wood, "Precious Memories" by Willie Nelson, "Wild Mountain Thyme" by The Byrds, "Born To Be With You" by Dion, and three great Beach Boys cuts – "Till I Die (alt mix)", "Forever (acapella mix)", and "You're Welcome". CD

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VariousIt's Zimmerman's World We Just Live In It ... CD
Pet Records, Mid 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $9.99
A freewheelin' compilation of obscure, groovy Bob Dylan knockoff singles from the mid 60s – pretty wild stuff! It's got a few numbers by singers who so totally and so brazenly imitate Dylan's vocal mannerisms, they almost sound like weird, mirror image, bizarro world songs by the man himself – and many more that kind of do their own thing, albeit with Dylan-esque lyrical imagery – all of it very well produced and performed. It's not all by complete unknowns (how does it feeeeeeeeellllll???), with a track by Tommy Boyce of Boyce & Hart and Monkees songwriting fame, Gary Usher cohort Dick Campbell and others, but most of it is cool & strange stuff by folks we've never heard of – with material ranging from chiming folk rock to surrealistic psych pop! Includes "Breaking Your Balloon" by Johnny Cymbal, "Leaving It All Behind" by The Toads, "Gotta Turn Myself On, Babe" by TJ Black, "Come Free My Mind" by Darrell Cotton, "Thank You Babe" by The Changin' Times, "Pretty Thing (Your Out Of Sight)". CD

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VariousLeiber & Stoller Story Vol 2 – On The Horizon 1956 to 1962 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Perhaps the greatest years of genius for the team of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller – all summed up perfectly in a package that spans their work for many labels in many styles! Included here are some of the pair's best R&B work from the late 50s – hard groovers, catchy pop numbers, and a few mini-symphonies that really pushed the vocal talents of some key groups! Also included are some great early soul numbers, a few surprising crossover tracks, and a few titles that we'd heard before, but never realized were handled by Leiber & Stoller! Package features 24 tracks in all – with really wonderful notes that tie together all these bits, and further illuminate the material. Titles include "Here Comes Henry" by Young Jessie, "One Kiss Led To Another" by The Coasters, "There Goes My Baby" by The Drifters, "Yes" by Jay & The Americans, "Stand By Me" by Cassius Clay, "Bossa Nova Baby" by Tippie & The Clovers, "Searchin" by Alvin Robinson, "Lips" by Roy Hamilton, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" by Buddy Holly, "Alligator Wine" by Screamin Jay Hawkins, "Old Fashioned" by Varetta Dillard & The Cookies, "Lucky Lips" by Ruth Brown, "Keep Tellin Yourself" by Marv Johnson, "Some Other Guy" by Richie Barrett, "An Open Fire" by Johnny Mathis, and "I'm A Woman" by Christine Kittrell. (Soul, Rock) CD

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VariousLeiber & Stoller Story Vol 3 – Shake Em Up & Let Em Roll – 1962 to 1969 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The 3rd volume in Ace's great exploration of the career of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller – and most likely the best so far! By this point in their career, Leiber & Stoller were totally at the top of their game – buoyed on a huge wave of previous hits, and able to really get creative once again in the studio – exploring their new interest in South American rhythms, their love of tight orchestrations, and appreciation for deeper-voiced soul singers – all in a flurry of lesser-known singles that offer up a refreshing antidote to some of their over-played hits! About half the tracks here are soul singles, and the rest are 60s pop, rock, and vocal numbers – written by the pair, and mostly produced by them. Titles include "It's So Exciting" by The Exciters, "His Kiss" by Betty Harris, "My Heart Said Do The Bossa Nova" by Irene Reid, "You Can't Love Em All" by Solomon Burke, "Keep It Up" by The Soul Brothers, "Only In America" by Jay & The Americans, "Down Home Girl" by Alvin Robinson, "The Gunfighter" by Tommy Roe, "Bull Dog" by The Shangri-Las, "Jackson" by Johnny Cash & June Carter, "Flying" by Carmen McRae, "Where's The Girl" by Ben E King, "On Broadway" by Jimmy Scott, "Is That All There Is" by Peggy Lee, and "Brother Bill" by The Honeyman. (Soul, Rock) CD

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VariousLos Alamos Grind! (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Numero, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy ... $12.99
Numero Records parodies both the Las Vegas Grind series of compilations, and the 50s sci-fi artwork of EC Comics – and turns out a surprisingly great set of tracks in the process! The material here is from the more garagey side of the Numero spectrum – tracks that are heavy on twang and guitars – sometimes instrumental, sometimes with raw early rock vocals – all laid out in a rock-solid collection that maybe beats some of the more long-running compilation series of this nature. In keeping with those, Numero has been completely restrained on including any real information on the tracks – just a groovy little comic insert that follows in the style of the cover – alongside titles that include "Classie's Whip" by Classie Ballou, "The Grasshopper Twist" by The Blazers, "Jump Back" by Eugene Blacknell, "Rock & Roll Guitar" by Johnny Knight, "The Boogie Twist (part 1)" by Cal Valentine, "Slap Stick" by Dino & The Deltones, "Bui Bui" by L Hollis & The Mackadoos, "Hot Links" by Soul Heirs, and "Aw Shucks" by JJ Jones. CD

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✨✧ John MayallBack To The Roots (bonus tracks) ... CD
Universal, 1971. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
John Mayall's definitely getting back to his roots here – and he's also getting help from an all-star cast as well! Mayall's vocals and piano are in fine form – almost with a rough-edged Blues Breakers sort of vibe, but sometimes a bit funkier too – in ways that strongly show the evolution of the older Brit blues groove into some hipper, more soul-drenched territory. Players on the record are a range of familiar names – including Eric Clapton on guitar, Johnny Amond on sax and flute, Harvey Mandel on guitar, Sugarcane Harris on violin, and Keef Hartley on some especially nice drums. Titles include "Prisons On The Road", "Groupie Girl", "My Children", "Home Again", "Blue Fox", "Boogie Albert", "Unanswered Questions", "Goodbye December", "Force Of Nature", and "Dream With Me". CD also features bonus tracks too – including "Looking At Tomorrow (1988 rmx)", "Mr Censor Man (1988 rmx)", "Prisons On The Road (1988 rmx)" and "Home Again (1988 rmx)". CD
Also available Back To The Roots ... LP 7.99

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✨✧ Dusty SpringfieldFive Classic Albums (Girl Called Dusty/Everything's Coming Up/Definitely/Dusty In Memphis/From Dusty With Love) (5CD set) ... CD
Universal (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 5 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Five classic albums from the great Dusty Springfield – all packaged together here in one hip set, with each CD in a tiny LP-styled cover with the original British artwork! First up is A Girl Called Dusty – classic Dusty Springfield from the mid 60s – tight, groovy, and very soulful! All cuts arranged by Ivor Raymonde – and titles include "Wishin & Hopin", "Mama Said", "You Don't Own Me", "Don't You Know", "When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes", and "Anyone Who Had A Heart". Next is Everything's Coming Up Dusty – a sparkling set of early work from the great Dusty Springfield! Most of these gems were produced with a strong Brit pop soul sound by Johnny Franz, but a few of the extra cuts were handled by legendary soul producer Shelby Singleton in the US. Tracks include "If It Don't Work Out", "Won't Be Long", "Oh No! Not My Baby", "It Was Easier To Hurt Him", "Long After Tonight Is All Over", "That's How Heartaches Are Made", "I Had A Talk With My Man", "Packin' Up", and "Doodlin'". On Dusty Definitely, Dusty's working in some of the soulful styles used on her more famous hits of the late 60s – recording with arrangers that include Peter Knight, Keith Mansfield, and John Paul Jones, with production by John Franz, the studio genius who made Scott Walker's albums sparkle so much! Dusty's got a lot more sense of groove than Scott did though – and she makes the tunes crackle with energy and a mod unabashed sense of white girl soul! Titles include "Another Night", "Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone", "Mr Dream Merchant", "Second Time Around", 'Morning", "Who (Will Take My Place)", "I Only Wanna Laugh", and "Love Power". Dusty In Memphis is a landmark album for Dusty Springfield – one in which she more than proves her soul music talents, by taking a trip to Memphis, and recording in a sweet Atlantic soul mode! The album's handled by stellar talents all the way through – arrangements by Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin, production by those two and Jerry Wexler, backing vocals by The Sweet Inspirations, and studio work from the likes of Tommy Cogbill, Bobby Wood, Bobby Emmons, and other talents that were huge on the Memphis scene at the time. Titles include Dusty's famous reading of "Son Of A Preacher Man", plus "The Windmills Of Your Mind", "So Much Love", "Just A Little Lovin", "In The Land Of Make Believe", and "No Easy Way Down". From Dusty With Love is a pivotal album for Dusty – proof that she was keeping her soul fire burning strong! The set was recorded in Philadelphia with the young Gamble & Huff team, the brilliant songwriting/arranging/production powerhouse who'd recently catapulted Jerry Butler and others to great chart success. Dusty's rich range of vocal skills is a perfect match for Gamble & Huff – who work her beautiful voice with the same care they used on Jerry Butler, crafting a sublime batch of pop soul tunes that still sparkle with the same magic they had over 30 years ago! Titles include "Silly Silly Fool", "The Star Of My Show", "Let's Talk It Over", "Never Love Again", "Let's Get Together Soon", "A Brand New Me", "Joe", and "Lost". (Vocalists, Rock) CD

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✨✧ StereolabDots & Loops ... LP
Elektra/1972, 1997. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Stereolab at a creative peak! Dots & Loops continues their long running 90s win streak – here balancing their ever present love for bubbling analog synth and breezy vintage electronics with a more strongly assured knack for delivering brilliant beginning-to-end excellent albums. The band is as great as ever, featuring tracks recorded right here in Chicago with John McIntire, and with some guest work by Sean O'Hagan of the High Llama, plus Jan St Werner and Andi Toma of Mouse On Mars. The set's got a beautiful subdued quality to it, but it's also so expertly layered that you'll always here something new, as long as you keep coming back to it. Titles include "Brakhage", "Rainbo Conversation", "Refractions In The Plastic Pulse", "Diagonals", and "Prisoners Of Mars". LP, Vinyl record album

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